University of Miami Athletics Rest Atop Perilous Ground

Editorial, Sport /

3 March 2011

 

When Kirby Hocutt came to Coral Gables, he brought with him excitement and promise. His departure leaves this Canes fan uncertain as to our future.

Hocutt arrived at UM around the same time as Donna Shalala took over the reigns of the university and Randy Shannon came in as Football Coach. Miami had what looked like a very progressive and forward thinking team.

The three of them accomplished a great deal in their time together and helped launch The U to the top spot in graduation rate as well as the top spot in academics among Florida universities. More importantly, under their guidance, Miami managed to rid itself of many of the vestiges of the “Thug U” / “Convict U” mentality. Although I still got some comments from people about Miami being full of criminals, by and large those could be combated with the reality that Miami was running a CLEAN program, led by competent and upstanding individuals.

However, in sports, they weren’t able to accomplish enough. I’m still a huge Randy Shannon fan. What he brought to the team as a former player, an African American, and as a person were all things that made me proud to be a Cane. His dismissal hurt. His seeming inability to coach arguably some of the best talent in the country to victory can not be overlooked however.

The three of them, Hocutt, Shannon, and Shalala seemed to help usher in a sense of ‘U-Ness.’ Something missing from Miami for the last decade or so. They helped the university improve its image both on the field and in the classroom (which only helps this UM grad).

As I mentioned above, Shannon’s dismissal was heart-wrenching. His replacement, Al Golden, appears to be a very nice pick-up for the Canes. His work ethic is unquestionable thus far. It could mean a new era for UM football dominance to come. Time will tell.

Hocutt’s departure however has me worried. It’s under Hocutt that many of the academic and PR strides have been made. I’m not sure if he deserves all that credit, but if so, UM might be in trouble.

Dan LeBatard, a Miami Herald reporter and Sports Talk radio host published a piece the other day that made me a little sick to my stomach. In the article, LeBatard makes a pretty strong case that Hocutt could have had the Texas Tech job in his sights while leading the search for Shannon’s replacement. I’m not sure how real LeBatard’s scenario is. I do know it makes logical sense and that hurts.

Miami got pwned this past recruiting season. Louisville in particular picked up at least three 4-Star recruits. Shannon’s dismissal and now Hocutt’s departure do not bode well for UM football. Miami needs to bounce back with a solid AD candidate and breathe some stability into this shaky foundation.

The U is, in my opinion, one of the strongest collegiate brands in the country. I fear for its ability to weather this period.

We shall see over the next couple years if The U is just about talk and swag or if it has roots.

Go Canes.

 

Space Shuttle Discovery Launch Seen From Airplane

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2 March 2011

 

As a child I witnessed the Space Shuttle take off from atop The Magic Kingdom’s Thunder Mountain Railroad – it was super cool. I’m sad I never managed to go see a launch from Cape Canaveral however.

 

Taco Bell Beef Is Only 88% Beef

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28 February 2011

 

Shouldn’t something you sell as beef be 100% beef? That’s like having to read the fine print on a milk carton and find out that the milk you’re drinking is only 88% milk.

What’s worse – the other 12% is labeled as ‘Signature Recipe.’

 

Jabba The Hutt Parks & Recreation Spoof

Culture / , ,

23 February 2011

 

For the past couple weeks, Alice and I have been going to bed (Alice has fallen asleep to and I have watched) Season 2 of NBC’s Parks & Recreation.

Came across this little ditty today which pokes a little fun at the intro (very catchy btw!).

Thx ZP of MG via the FB

 

The Importance Of Done

The Internets / ,

22 February 2011

 

 

Weekend android.

Me /

19 February 2011

 

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Built with androidify app.

 

Miami Hurricanes TV Baseball Schedule – 2011

Sport / ,

17 February 2011

 

The University of Miami Hurricanes have released their 2011 baseball schedule and luckily, I’m going to have an opportunity to watch a bunch of games even here in Mississippi on CSS network!

CSS Network University of Miami Baseball Schedule

All times CST

Mar 01 – Miami at USF  – 3 p.m.

Mar 12 – VT at Miami – 6 p.m.

Mar 25 – GT at Miami  – 6 p.m.
Mar 27 – GT at Miami  – 12 p.m.

Apr 22 – Miami at UNC – 6 p.m.
Apr 23 – Miami at UNC – 3 p.m. (Tape Delay)
Apr 24 – Miami at UNC  – 12 p.m.

Apr 29 – FSU at Miami  – 6 p.m.
Apr 30 – FSU at Miami  – 6 p.m.
May 01 – FSU at Miami  – 12 p.m.

 

Permanent Record Of My Husbandship

Me /

16 February 2011

 

Just posting this here should my abilities as a husband ever come up for discussion:

 

New Florida Marlins Stadium Videos

Sport / , ,

16 February 2011

 

Here are a couple vids I came across last night while surfing YouTube feeds.

Quick 360 View Of New Marlins Stadium


Several Marlins Players Take BP In New Marlins Stadium

You can hear some of the workers cheers as Stanton takes some nice cuts that would have resulted in HR’s!
Both videos were shot by Miami Herald reporter, Manny Navarro.

 

CSI. FAIL. MUCHO.

The Internets / , ,

15 February 2011

 

I’ll create a GUI interface using Visual Basic… See if I can track an IP address.

 

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